Baseball’s All-Star Game is much more than a simple exhibition contest featuring the standouts of the year. It’s an event where, on one night in July, some longtime dreams are realized and others are first conceived.
The Orioles’ B.J. Surhoff, a 1982 graduate of Rye High School, was living his down on the field at Fenway Park in the 1999 summer classic. Surhoff earned his way there on the merit of a sizzling first half, hitting .332 with 20 home runs and 72 RBIs. It was the first and only All-Star nod in 19 seasons for the former No. 1 overall draft pick, but the appearance also served as inspiration for two young boys in the Boston stands that night.
The pair, brothers Brian and Colin Moran, 11 and 7 years old at the time, are much more than fans of the national pastime. The Rye residents are Surhoff’s nephews, and have long been following in the footsteps of their uncle and his brother, former MLB pro Rich Surhoff.